Genesis has officially joined the luxury SUV segment. As expected, the South Korean luxury brand has unveiled the all-new 2021 Genesis GV80, a vehicle that arrives at the ideal time as the market continues to crave SUVs.
The first engine available will be a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine making 274 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. The SUV will launch with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6, an engine not likely to make it our way. Genesis promises a pair of turbocharged engines will come next, including a 2.5-liter turbo-4 and a new 3.5-liter turbo V-6. Power figures haven’t been announced, but the 3.5 will be exclusive to Genesis within the Hyundai group. Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
There’s also a 14.5-inch widescreen infotainment screen placed on the dashboard, and also a touchpad similar to the ones used in a number of German luxury cars to spell navigation information or to dial a phone number is located ahead of the rotary shift knob on the console.
Driver and front-seat passengers have several convenience systems available, including an augmented reality navigation system and the Genesis Integrated Controller.
The GV80’s all-wheel-drive system will feature various traction control modes for mud, sand, and snow, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential will hustle power between the rear wheels. The suspension will make use of adaptive dampers, but it will not offer air springs.
The Genesis GV80 will launch in South Korea this month.